Game Preview: Flyers at Senators

NHL: JUL 14 Flyers Development Camp
VOORHEES, PA – JULY 14: Foerster, Tyson (52) participates in the Philadelphia Flyers Development Camp at the Flyers Training Center on July 14, 2022 in Voorhees NJ. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Off to a 1-0-0 start in 2023-2024, the Philadelphia Flyers began with a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Travis Konecny scored twice, including an empty-net goal. The game-winner belonged to Cam Atkinson. On defense, Egor Zamula and Travis Sanheim helped Carter Hart earn his 85th win as a Flyers goaltender, tying him with Pete Peeters for eighth all-time.

Today, the Flyers visit the Canadian Tire Centre to battle the Ottawa Senators. John Tortorella is 1-1-1 against the Senators since becoming the bench boss in Philadelphia.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are 0-1-0 after losing to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, 5-3. They jumped out to an early lead, fell behind, and tied the game in the third period, but then Brady Skjei scored the game-winner before Jacob Slavin added another shorthanded.

“Our powerplay, it’s been one game against one of the top penalty-killing teams in the league. We did have a couple of grade-A scoring chances; didn’t score. That unit’s going to score, but we need both units to score if you’re going to be successful in the NHL. [If] you want to be a top ten powerplay, both units got to score.”

DJ Smith; 10/13/2023

Mathieu Joseph tallied two points (1G, 1A) against the Hurricanes. In his career, he played the Flyers seven times. Overall, Joseph scored four points (2G, 2A) versus Philadelphia, but most of those points (2G, 1A) are from his seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I had my legs early in the game, got some touches early, got some hits early; you get to feel the game a little bit more. It feels good; you want to start the season the right way, [but] obviously, you want the result with the team at the end of the day.”

Mathieu Joseph; 10/13/2023

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Ottawa Senators, per Daniel Chisholm:

Tkachuk-Stutzle-Giroux
Joseph-Greig-Tarasenko
Kubalik-Chartier-Batherson
Kelly-Kastelic-MacEwen

Chychrun-Chabot
Sanderson-Zub
Brannstrom-Hamonic

Korpisalo
(Forsberg)

Philadelphia Flyers

Bobby Brink and Zamula dressed in the lineup on Thursday. They’re out of the lineup to give Tyson Foerster and Emil Andrae their first crack at the NHL this season.

Foerster and Andrae competed heavily during the 2023 Flyers Training Camp and Preseason for an opening night roster spot. They forced a tough decision from Tortorella. Both made the 2023-2024 Flyers roster, but Brink and Zamula earned the nod on opening night.

“He’s [Andrae] got some fiestiness to him. I thought [he] played well in spots in the exhibition games, he had a really good third period; almost scores in the OT. He’s one of those guys; he’s going to play a role in this somewhere along the way, but right now we feel him and Z [Zamula] will stay, and we’ll see what happens.”

John Tortorella; 10/4/2023

Neither Foerster nor Andrae dressed to battle the Senators before. Today will be the NHL debut for Andrae.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:

Farabee-Couturier-Foerster
Tippett-Frost-Atkinson
Laughton-Cates-Konecny
Deslauriers-Poehling-Hathaway

York-Sanheim
Staal-Walker
Andrae-Seeler

Hart
(Ersson)

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Game Information

You can watch the Flyers continue their season-opening road trip against the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The broadcast is available on 93.3 WMMR and Flyers Radio 24/7. The puck drops at 1pm.

(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)